The Latest From BostonBiker.org

News, Events, Updates


Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 27

From Livable Streets:

Spring Open House recap

Despite the dreary weather, our April 9th Spring Open House was a resounding success! It was great to see more than 100 new and familiar faces! To view photos from the event click here.

 

Highlights from the Open House include:

  • Toasting to our recent Comm Ave victory
  • Previewing our 10th Anniversary and new membership program being launched in June
  • Hearing from some of our newest board members
  • Enjoying food and drinks donated by Aeronaut Brewing, Downtown Wine & Spirits, Flatbread, Harpoon, and Whole Foods

If you didn’t get a chance to come to the Open House, be sure to stay tuned for the exciting events and opportunities we’ll be rolling out over the next few months!

Get a head start on Bike Month

May is Bike Month! Join LivableStreets tomorrow morning at City Hall for the city’s first Bike Friday. You can join a bike commuter convoy from one of dozens of locations throughout the Boston metro area. Safe guided convoys with experienced ride leaders will follow a fixed schedule and route and finish together at City Hall Plaza in Boston. Join a convoy, or just show up for the fun. Learn more and register here.

If you can’t join us tomorrow, we hope to see you at a future Bike Friday this summer. Check out our calendarfor the dates and more Bike Month opportunities!

Take action: Federal transportation bill

Congress is preparing to take action on a new federal transportation bill. We need your help to make sure that Congress doesn’t cut funding to help local communities build sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, trails and more.

Our friends at the League of American Bicyclists have made it easy for you to ask your Senator to Co-Sponsor S. 705, The Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act.

The Transportation Alternatives Program provides hundreds of millions of dollars each year to local communities to invest in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. For decades, our federal transportation system has prioritized building roads, leaving many of our communities with few transportation options and rising safety risks for people bicycling and walking. S. 705 would help make sure that Congress continues to invest a small share of federal transportation dollars in these types of projects.

Newsworthy  

_______________________________________________________________________________

LivableStreets weighs in on parking, buses, Comm Ave

Did you know MBTA buses serving downtown Boston make about 1,200 trips and carry more than 60,000 passengers every day? Ari Ofsevit, LivableStreets Advocacy Committee member (and Boston Marathon runner!), rebuts a recent claim that buses are to blame for downtown Boston’s congestion and digs into the enormous benefits buses provide in a piece he wrote for Commonwealth. To read the full article click here.

 

Demand-based parking rates could be the answer to scarce spaces, says LivableStreets Board member Charlie Denison in a letter to the Boston Globe. What do you think? Check out the full response here.

And Executive Director Jackie Douglas was invited to write a guest blog for the Barr Foundation breaking down our recent Comm Ave victory. It might not sound exciting on paper, but several of the new design elements have never been done before in Boston. Read more about what LivableStreets did to help win a Safer Comm Ave here.

Public meetings and other opportunities _______________________________________________________________________________

Massachusetts Transportation Summit

Friday, May 1

@ DCU Center, 50 Foster St, Worcester, MA
Join Transportation for Massachusetts for the first-ever statewide summit for exploring and exchanging ideas and actions to improve transportation in every corner of the Commonwealth. Speakers include Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, ZipCar founder Robin Chase and many other presenters and visionaries sharing ideas on the next generation of transportation solutions. LivableStreets is an active member of T4MA and helping plan this event-we hope to see you there!

 

For more information and to register visit: www.t4ma.org/summit

Go Boston 2030 Visioning Lab  
Click for event details

Friday, May 8 & Saturday, May 9

@ China Trade Center, 2 Boylston St., Boston, MA

 

Stop by to participate in planning the future for Boston streets. Go Boston 2030 is a City of Boston initiative to envision a bold transportation future. The two year process will result in a plan that will be a road map for the city. The event will kick off with remarks from Mayor Walsh and include interactive activities, performances, a data visualization gallery, emerging technology demonstrations and more!

 

To learn more about Go Boston 2030 visitgoboston2030.org


submit Livable Streets Update to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: ,
Posted in advocacy, news | No Comments »

Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 27

Monthly Learn-to-Ride Clinics for Women

Know any women who never learned to ride a bike, or haven’t been on a bike in years?Registration for our free learn-to-ride clinics is now open. Taught by women for women (anyone who identifies as female), our clinics are a great way to get on a bike and keep rolling!

Clinics will be held on May 9th, June 20th, July 18th, August 25th, September 15th, andOctober 17th. For complete details visitbostonbikes.org/programs/women/learn-to-ride

Join our team!

Boston Bikes is looking for a confident urban cyclist to help organize our Women’s Initiative on a part-time contract basis through August. At least two years of program management experience required, plus excellent communication skills. To apply please email[email protected].

Hubway Reopens on Friday

Nothing says spring like Hubway bikes sprouting up around the city. The full system reopens on Friday April 17th (except for a handful of stations along the marathon route, which will reopen after Patriot’s Day). So dust off your key fob and get ready to pedal! And if you don’t have a membership, now’s a great time to sign up.

Next Friday is Bike Friday!

Join us on April 24th for the first Bike Friday of the year. This is the first year that we’re hosting an April Bike Friday; help us make it a success! Pedal, on your own or with one of our many convoys, to City Hall Plaza from 7-9am and you’ll be greeted by a festival full of bike-friendly vendors. As always, we’ll have free breakfast provided by Boloco, Iggy’s Bread of the World,Larabar, and Whole Foods!

Registration is free, but it helps to know you’re coming. Please note that breakfast is only for people who bike to City Hall Plaza.

Get Biking Challenge

Boston Bikes is hosting the Get Biking Challenge to encourage K-8 students to bike more during May, National Bike Month. Students will record how many minutes they bike each day, and all participants will be awarded with prizes. Top schools and classes will earn a variety of prizes such as the coveted Golden Pedal Award, free bike raffles, bike field trips, and more! Schools need to register for the challenge and it can be coordinated by a teacher, administrator, other school staff, or parent volunteers. For more information, visit our website:bostonbikes.org/programs/get-biking-school-challenge

Major Steps Forward for Biking and Walking in Boston

On March 24th, the Boston Transportation Department unveiled plans to make a stretch of Commonwealth Avenue one of the most progressive multi-modal corridors in the country. The design incorporates protected intersections and physically protected bike lanes on both sides of the avenue. We hope that this is just one of many more cutting-edge projects to come! Thank you to the many advocates and allies who worked hard to make this happen.

The day after the Comm Ave Public Meeting, Mayor Walsh announced that Boston will adopt Vision Zero. This comprehensive strategy prevents traffic fatalities through effective policies and systematic evaluation, enforcement, engineering, education, and community engagement. Boston Bikes is a part of the Vision Zero task force which will be planning the program’s roll-out over the next few months. Read more about Vision Zero and the Commonwealth Avenue plans here.

More Bike Parking in Boston

Last year we exceeded our goals and installed more than 300 bike racks. You can find the locations of all public bike racks in the City of Boston using our interactive map.

We continue to work on increasing bike parking. Our installers are currently putting in new racks across Boston; we recently got approval to install 30 more racks in the Back Bay Historic District; and we have more in our queue that we are moving through the approval process. Our goal is to make it easy for you to park your bike anywhere in the City of Boston.

Help Us Recover from the Winter

The record-breaking snow damaged a record number of racks. And as the snow continues to melt, abandoned bikes are popping up around Boston.Report broken racks and abandoned bikes using thecitizens connect app or by filling out a service request form. Please be sure to include a picture that shows the rack, or bike, and its location (i.e. the building behind it). This helps us expedite the repair / locate the bike.

Please note that the City of Boston is only able to remove bikes that are attached to public property. If the bike is locked to a fence, or other private property, you will need to contact the property manager to have it removed.

Bikes and Bites Beneficiaries

Congratulations to the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, Femmechanics, and the Dorchester Community Food Co-op who have been selected as the beneficiaries of Bikes & Bikes, the 2nd Annual Women’s Bike Ride & Festival. Proceeds from the ride will be donated to these groups. They are working to make Boston a healthy and vibrant city. Read more about them below, and don’t forget to register for Bikes & Bites.

Image credit: Mattapan Food and Fitness CoalitionThe Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition is a grassroots movement in the Mattapan community. Their goal is to make Mattapan known as one of the healthiest communities in Boston. With easy access to affordable and healthy food, clean, safe, walk-able, and bike-able streets, residents of all ages and abilities will take regular advantage of the abundant and inviting play spaces.

Image credit: FemmechanicsFemmechanics is a group of FTW (femme/trans*/women) folks who bike. They organize Grrrease Time, an open-shop time for people to come learn about wrenching on bikes, and to form community and solidarity amongst FTW cyclists.

Image credit: Dorchester Community Food Co-opThe Dorchester Community Food Co-op (DCFC) is a multi-stakeholder cooperative enterprise that will provide economic opportunity and access to healthy, affordable food for residents of Dorchester and the surrounding neighborhoods.


submit Boston Bikes Update to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: ,
Posted in advocacy, news | No Comments »

In Case You Were Not Able To Go To The Neponset River Greenway Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 03

Got this great update from Lynn:

 

Hi all,
I was able to attend the Greenway Council Meeting in Mattapan last night and there are lots of project updates for the Trail/Greenway area as well as notes on the TTOR (The Trustees of Reservations) / BNAN merger and leadership transitions.
1) Neponset Spring Ride is ON! Saturday, April 4, 2015: Spring along the Neponset River
Meet at the parking lot at Pauls’s Bridge off Brush Hill Rd. in Milton at 10:00 am for a ride down the Neponset River and along Boston Harbor to Castle Island and back on existing and future trails. Email Jessica Mink j[email protected] for additional info.
2) Bike racks will be installed at Pope John Paul II Park as soon as the snow has thawed.
3) The bridge at Central Ave. (current Southern terminus of Neponset Trail) is currently under repair. A detour is in place and repairs are expected to be completed within 2 weeks.
5) BNAN’s Program Director Candice Cook will no longer be facilitating the Greenway meetings as she is taking a new job in Somerville. Conrad Crawford (formerly with the DCR, now Regional Director for TTOR) was in attendance at the meeting. He said he would attend meetings as often as possible, but could not confirm that TTOR would be providing a direct replacement for Candice (her job is being split into 3 separate positions within TTOR). He lives in East Cambridge and is an avid cyclist. (Conrad’s Email: [email protected]).
6) UPDATES ON GREENWAY PROJECT from Stella Lensing (DCR):
Segment I (Martini to Neponset Valley Pkwy)
– Neponset Trail from Granite Ave. to Shawmut Junction will be paved with bituminous asphalt this Spring. The contractor will be starting as soon as all of the snow has thawed. Detour will be until project is completed by the end of May.
– There was discussion about additional traffic enforcement at the Granite Ave. pedestrian stoplight.  DCR is looking into adding additional signage near 93 off-ramp to warn vehicles of crosswalk.
Segment 2 (Central Ave to Mattapan Sq)
**PUBLIC MEETING ON MONDAY 4/13** 7-8:30PM. Foley Senior Residences Dining Room 249 River St. Mattapan
DCR will present plans for construction. The public meeting presentation and other related materials will be viewable after the meeting on the DCR’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/public-meetings
– Construction to begin this month (Ryan Playground – Mattapan), S & R Corp. has trailers on site. Project completion 18-24 mos.
– Lee Toma of Milton Bikes reported that the design is now complete for a new Mattapan Sq. Crossing on Rt. 28/ Blue Hill Ave. (Detailed plans can be found on the DPW Town of Milton Engineering page)
– Port Norfolk Park construction to begin after site visits this month
Segment 3 (Victory Rd. to Morrissey Blvd. – Nat’l Grid/ rainbow gas tank)
– Construction access agreement has been reached. DCR is going to survey the site with design complete by 6/30.
Segment 4 (Tenean Beach to Victory Rd)
– Land is not DCR property, belongs to MassDOT. Due to MassDOT employee transitions DCR has yet to find the proper contact and will need to “reopen discussions”.
– Currently there are no funds for the design on this part of the trail.
7) April 25th is Mass. Parks Serve Day – there are beach clean ups happening in Savin Hill and Quincy River Walk. More info at Neponset.org or DCR website.
8) The Trustees of Reservation are currently seeking seasonal (Youth Crew Leaders) and year-round employees. See ttor.org for more info.
Happy Spring!
Lynn

submit In Case You Were Not Able To Go To The Neponset River Greenway Meeting to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: , ,
Posted in advocacy, infrastructure | No Comments »

City Of Boston Bikes Program Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 26

Lots of good stuff in here:

——————–

Boston Bike Week Festival & Bike Fridays

Boston Bike Week FestivalFrom April-August, on one Friday a month we’ll host a party on City Hall Plaza for cyclists. In May we’ll hold a special Boston Bike Week Festival to celebrate the end of Bay State Bike Week. You can join a convoy or bike over on your own.

Boston Bike Week Festival: May 15th
Bike Fridays: April 24th (new this year!),June 26th, July 24th, August 28th

Register now for the 2015 Boston Bike Week Festival and Bike Fridays.

Volunteer to lead a convoy: http://bit.ly/bikefriday2015volunteers

2015 Boston Bike Friendly Business Application

Bike Friendly BusinessAll Boston-based businesses are encouraged to apply to be named as a Boston Bike Friendly Business.

Last year we recognized almost 50 businesses for the work they’ve done to help make Boston more bike friendly.

Not sure if your business is bike-friendly enough? Click here to read about all the ways to earn points towards your application, and take a pre-assessment.

We’re getting ready to hire Youth Cycling Instructors!

We are preparing to hire Youth Cycling Instructors to join our team. Youth Cycling Instructors teach in-classroom and on-bike workshops to students in grades 2-12 during the school day in the Boston Public Schools. For more information, visithttp://www.bostonbikes.org/about/getinvolved/work-with-us/

2014 Roll it Forward Survey

Last year we conducted a survey of Roll it Forward recipients to learn more about the program’s impact and where there is room for improvement. You can download the full analysis here.

Key Findings:

  • The vast majority of Roll it Forward recipients live in low-income households.
  • Roll it Forward increases access to bikes. Nearly 96% did not have access to a working bike.
  • 92% of adult respondents who rode less than 4 times a week before receiving their bike rode more after they received a bike.
  • Fun and fitness are the greatest motivators for riding

Notable Quotes:

“Keeps my body fit and pockets thick!”

“It had a very good impact in my life, it got me to work on time everyday without any pollution to our world and had fun while doing it.”

“[the bike] just made it less stressful to get to destinations – much more simple”

ICYMI: New Community Space for Biking

Image credit: Beta BostonFortified, a local bike light company, has received a $150,000 grant through the Mission Main Streets Grants program, which they plan to use to create “a community space for Boston biking.”

You can read the full artcile from Beta Boston here.

 

ICYMI: Bike Part Vending Machine & Repair Station

Image credit: BikestockBikestock has partnered with Whole Foods to place a bike part vending machine at their South End location. Along with items that can be found in regular vending machines, this machine offers bike-specific items such as: inner tubes, patch kits, lights, locks, and multi-tools. A bike pump and bike repair stand have also been made available for use 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.


submit City Of Boston Bikes Program Update to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: , ,
Posted in advocacy, news | No Comments »

Hubway Station Closure Update

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 07

From Hubway:

 

————

Hello Hubway riders!

It’s that time of year again. Stations and bikes will soon be removed from the street for winter. Hubway will begin our regular season-end station closures on Monday, November 17, 2014, and the final day of this year’s full-system operations will beWednesday, November 26th.

BUT WAIT! The good news is we’re not done riding this year! After last year’s successful winter pilot in Cambridge, Hubway’s winter operations have expanded. We’re pleased to announce that many stations in Boston will remain open through December, and almost all stations in Cambridge will continue operations all winter long. All closed stations are expected to re-open in the spring.

“Will my station close for the year? And when?”

 

This year you can sign up to receive email system alerts on the days that stations are removed, so you can easily get the latest info and develop a contingency plan for routes that involve your favorite stations. Plus, we’ll publish specific station closure and system alerts on the Hubway website, as well as Hubway’s facebook page andtwitter profile.

Please note: we will still send full system shutdown warnings in the event of inclement weather, but you must sign up here to receive the seasonal station removal alerts.

We’re keeping the wheels rolling on as many stations as possible through the 26th and beyond, so make sure you get in some extra miles in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for more than 1.1 MILLION rides this year… and counting!

 

The Team at Hubway

#hubway

 REMEMBERING MAYOR MENINO

With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest serving mayor and a champion of bike sharing in the Boston area. Please click hereto view a letter from Hubway General Manager, Emily Stapleton, distributed to all Hubway staff last week, about the Mayor’s trailblazing support of Hubway and the impact of that support on the City.

 HUBWAY PRO-TIP: ALWAYS DOUBLE-CHECK YOUR DOCKING

Didn’t see a green light when you docked? Lift the bike ever-so-slightly by the seat and give a tug to make ensure that it is fully secure and that your trip has closed. If you ever have that “left-the-oven-on” feeling later in the day that perhaps you didn’t see that green light, log into your Hubway member account here and click the Rentals tab to confirm your trip was successfully closed. Of course, you can always reach the Hubway customer support team, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 1-855-9HUBWAY (948-2929).

CAMBRIDGE SEEKING DANA PARK HUBWAY STATION USER FEEDBACK

Do you use the Dana Park Hubway Station? This station is currently located on Lawrence Street, and with almost 10,000 trips taken so far it is well used and has provided tremendous benefits to those in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. At the request of some area residents, the City of Cambridge has doneadditional analysis, including looking at the options for off-street locations to allow year-round use. The City welcomes your input on options and comments about the station’s long-term location.

 

Click here to take the Dana Park Hubway station survey.

WHERE TO RIDE?

 

5Point Film Festival, Today, Thursday, 11/6, Somerville Theatre. These short adventure films are hand picked to get your heart pumping, mind engaged, and self inspired to pursue your own passions, whatever those may be. Details here.

Green Pedal Film Festival, Sunday, 11/9, 6pm, Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville. An evening of short films on environmental innovations, plus visits from the Bibliocycle, the Coffee Trike, AlFreshCo, Bootstrap Compost, Metro Pedal Power, and more! More info here.

Boston Bikes Hosts “Half the Road” screening, Wednesday, 11/19, 6:30pm, Fenway Landmark Theatre, Boston. Thisgroundbreaking documentary by pro-cyclist and director Kathryn Bertine explores the passion, pitfalls & power of women’s professional cycling. The film focuses on both the joy of sport and the challenges of inequality that female riders face today in a male-dominated world of cycling. “We thought we were making a movie about women’s professional cycling,” the filmmakers described. “Then it turned into a film about equality.” TICKETS MUST BE RESERVED BY 11/11! Get yours now. Boston Bikes will host an informal discussion and Q&A after the film with professional cyclist Sara Bresnick.

Rules of the Road Bicycle Workshop, Wednesday, 11/12, 6:30pm, Cambridge Main Library @ 449 Broadway.
This one-hour presentation will cover bike safety statistics, rules of the road, both bike-specific and car-specific laws & legislation, general safety tips, current legislative efforts, and the realreasons to obey traffic laws. Registration info here.

Boston Bike Party presents A Space Odyssey, Friday, 11/14, 7:30pm, Copley Square. Wonder what it would be like to journey through space (safely on a bike in the streets of Boston)? Boston Bike Party will take you there. Prepare for liftoff in 5-4-3…


Kaiju Big Battel 20th Anniversary Bash, Saturday, 11/22, Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Avenue, Somerville.

Prepare to be dumbfounded and confused, but thoroughly entertained when this oddball mix of comic book, sci-fi, and professional wrestling returns to Somerville for “Shpadoinka Mania 20, Part 2.” Seriously — you may never see anything like it ever again.

More about Kaiju here, and tickets for the event here.

 

Have an event we should be mentioning in our newsletter?

Tweet it to us @Hubway.


submit Hubway Station Closure Update to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: ,
Posted in Commuting, infrastructure | No Comments »

Bikes Not Bombs 30th Anniversary Party!

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 05

30 Years of Bikes Not Bombs
30th Anniversary Party

Come celebrate Bikes Not Bombs’ 30th Anniversary! Join us at Doyle’s Cafe on Thursday December 11th, 6-10pm. There will be free pizza, BNB trivia, games and more. Too excited to wait until December? Check out our brand new online Timeline to see what we’ve been up to over the last 30 years.

Please wear your favorite BNB shirt – we will have a prize for the oldest one!

Membership Gifts
Bikes Not Bombs Membership Gifts

Looking for the perfect gift for loved ones this holiday season? Consider a membership to Bikes Not Bombs! For a donation of $35, you can give a close friend an individual BNB membership, and not only support our Youth and International programs, but also give them a 10% discount at the shop!

Phone-A-Thon
Phone-A-Thon Volunteers Needed!

We need 30 amazing volunteers to call BNB supporters to update them on our recent accomplishments and ask them to consider a year-end donation. Every volunteer makes a difference; the more people we reach at this critical point in fundraising, the more financially stable we’ll be entering 2015. We train volunteers before each session and provide yummy snacks!

Sign up to volunteer!

Photo by Bob Dizon
Help BNB at Fall Container Loadings!

Please join us to load bikes to CESTA! Sunday, November 9th, 9am – 5pm.

Please note, this loading will start at 9am, an hour earlier than usual. Drop in for an hour or stay all day! Loadings are located at the BNB Warehouse in Dorchester, and breakfast and lunch are provided.

Bike Shop
Free Clinics at the BNB Shop

Our Winter Commuting Clinic will be on Thursday November 13th from 8-9pm. RSVPs are not required, but please be punctual! Tool Time, an open shop where you can work on your own projects, will be onMonday November 7th from 7-9pm and requires both a BNB Membership and signing up ahead of time.

The second Femmechanics, a workshop/open shop time for Femme/Trans/Women cyclists, will be at the shop on Monday November 10th from 7-9pm.

Photo by Jude Griffin
Volunteer Nights: Cancelations & Help Needed!

There will be no Volunteer Night on Thursday November 27th (Thanksgiving), December 11th (30th Anniversary Party) and December 25th (Christmas).

We’ve scheduled additional Volunteer Nights forSunday November 30th, 6pm – 9pm, and Wednesday December 10th, 7pm -10pm. RSVP not required, but useful to email [email protected]

We really need more help, both on 11/30 and 12/10, and at weekly Thursday Volunteer Nights! Mechanics skills not necessary, come try it out!

Photo by Will Daniels
Volunteer of the Month – Dave Boudreau

This month we celebrate volunteer enthusiast Dave Boudreau! Dave can be found lifting heavy bikes over his head at container loadings, riding sweep (and being a top fundraiser) at the Bike-A-Thon, or being there whenever you need him! Dave says “BNB isn’t just a non-profit. It’s a strong community dedicated to taking direct action to achieve peace and social justice through the use of bicycles. I’m honored to be part of the community.”

IMAGE NAME
2015 Bici-Tec School Dates Announced

BNB Partner Bici-Tec recently announced the dates of their winter and summer 2015 sessions of the School of Appropriate Bici-Technology. The program offers training in the design, fabrication and installation of bicycle machines, which are an affordable and environmentally sustainable technology that increases rural productivity and furthers rural development. Applications for the winter session are open untilDecember 1st!

Photo by Will Daniels
4th Annual Building Momentum Breakfast

Bikes Not Bombs’ fourth annual Building Momentum Breakfast was a huge success, raising $177,000 over the next 5 years for our youth and international programs. These multi-year gifts are especially important because they provide us with a source of reliable funding that allow us to expand our programs.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and our sponsors – Ula Cafe, Boston Brewin’ Coffee, andVerTerra. Learn more, see photos and watch the video.

News Outside of BNB

Cranksgiving: Join the First Annual Cranksgiving Boston Bike Ride on Saturday November 22nd at 1pm! Part scavenger hunt, part food drive, and part bike ride, the ride will support the Boston Food Bank and Somerville Homeless Coalition.

Green Pedal Film Festival & Work Bike Showcase: Come to an evening of short films on rad environmental innovations and a showcase of the leading local pedal powered adaptations! Visit Aeronaut Brewery in Somerville on Sunday November 9th 6-10pm.

Boston Bike Winter Social: Hang out with the Boston Cyclists Union at Ibex – Boston to chat about winter biking! Learn how to conquer your first winter, share tips you’ve learned or improve your commute on Wednesday November 19th, 6-9pm.


submit Bikes Not Bombs 30th Anniversary Party! to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: ,
Posted in advocacy | No Comments »

Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 14

From Livable Streets:

 

—————–

Bike4Life raises over $70,000. Thank you!

We are excited to announce that you helped us raise over $70,000 through our Bike4Life fundraiser! This outdoes last year’s total by 38%.
Bike4Life supports our Safer Streets Campaign. The campaign’s focus is to deepen Boston’s commitment to safety and to advocate for better infrastructure – such as cycle tracks and improved traffic signalization – to allow people to confidently explore the city on bike, foot, car and public transit.
Thanks again to our sponsors and community partners: Jason & Fischer Attorneys at Law, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, athenahealth, Avison Young and Blue Ribbon BBQ, Commonwheels Bicycle Co-op, Harris Cyclery, LARABAR, Patagonia Boston and Red and the Boys, as well as a big thanks to Holly, Peter and Noel Zeeb.

wins
Governor Patrick announces West Station will open in 2020
West Station is a milestone for People’s Pike and livable transportation 
advocacy in Metro Boston. Congrats to everyone who has put in years of hard work
Photo credit Galen Mook, video credit Harry Mattison.
At the Sept 30 press conference, Gov Patrick announced West Station will be
part of the I-90 project.

Photo credit: Galen Mook.
and advocacy to make West Station possible. “This is so much more than a highway project,” said Mayor Walsh at the press conference.
This announcement solidifies the fact that the I-90 project parcel will be developed around transit, meaning the new street network can be very bike, walk friendly with more open space opportunities.

What’s happening  _______________________________________________________________________________

video
BU students deserve Safer Streets      

 

Boston is about to spend $16 million to completely revamp the stretch of Comm. Ave. from the BU Bridge to Packards Corner.

 

The plans we have seen call for wider car lanes that would encourage speeding, narrower sidewalks, and no protected bicycle lanes.
“So the question is whether the Walsh administration and BU are going to step up and say, ‘[Do] we want the best and safest for our students and for the city of Boston, or are we going to settle for the status quo?'” says LivableStreets Advocacy Director Jeffrey Rosenblum in an article in BU’s Daily Free Press.

 

But there is still time to make a difference. Click here to add your name to the list of people who want better than status quo, and tell Mayor Walsh you want a #SaferCommAve. We will be meeting with the City of Boston in the coming weeks, and will have the opportunity to share your stories.

 

The vision for a better Commonwealth Avenue is part of our Safer Streets Campaign and commitment to zero traffic fatalities. Read more about our vision and recent press received here.

T4MA
Vote NO on Question One

On November 4, statewide ballot question Question One, threatens to take away critical, existing transportation funds. These are funds that are necessary to make our roads and bridges better for everyone.

 

“If it passes, Question One would take a $2 billion bite out of the state’s transportation plans over the next decade,” Yvonne Abraham wrote in her Boston Globe article. According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are 5,136 bridges in Massachusetts, 53% of which are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Question One proposed a reduction in vital transportation funding which would exacerbate this problem and others.

 

What can you do?

  1. Vote NO on Question One on November 4th.
  2. Email [email protected] to get involved with the campaign between now and November 4t.
  3. Follow and participate in the campaign on Twitter at @VoteNoOnQ1 and#VoteNoOnQ1.
  4. Spread the word to your friends, neighbors, family and colleagues by forwarding this email.
  5. Mark your calendar to vote No on Q1 on November 4.

Newsworthy

_______________________________________________________________________________

news
When will we see separated bike lanes in Boston? 
Protected bike lanes, or cycle tracks, have multiplied across the country, so when will Boston jump on the bandwagon? New York City, San Francisco, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have installed hundreds of miles of lanes over the past few years due to the variety of benefits they bring to their cities.
“It’s healthy, it’s good for the economy, and our citizens,” said Philadelphia’s Mayor Nutter. Mayor Nutter’s street safety policies are “starting to drive down both vehicle and pedestrian crashes, as well as cycling crashes,” he said in Streetsblog’s article “Four Mayors on Why They’re Building Out Their Cities Bike Networks.”

Separated bike lane in Pittsburgh.

Graphic credit: Bike Pittsburgh
In addition to mayors across the country praising separated bike lanes, Boston’s Jim Braude of Boston Public Radio and WGBH, endorsed them in his Boston Globe article, “A plan to broker peace between drivers and cyclists.” He proposes the answer to creating peaceful coexistence betweent people driving and biking is “separate but equal, the type of bike lane that incorporates barriers between driver and rider for the safety of both.”

“Boston already has two. Over in Brighton, drivers on Western Avenue use the road, while cyclists pedal between parked cars on one side and the curb on the other. In Dorchester, on Mt. Vernon Street near Columbia Point, flexposts, as they’re called, separate driver from rider. Of the 82 miles of on-street bike lanes in the city, these pilot projects run less than 2 miles, though that’s about to change,” said Braude.


Right now Boston only has two, but we are excited to see that number multiply. In March of this year, Boston was selected by the PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project as one of six US cities to join its intensive two-year program to build protected bike lanes, which shows the potential Boston has to implement these facilities. Boston will receive financial, strategic and technical assistance to create protected bike lanes, also known as cycletracks. PeopleForBikes recently hosted a study tour to the Netherlands with City of Boston staff, including Boston Chief of Economic Development Jon Barros, President and CEO of A Better City Rick Dimino and Kris Carter from the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.
With the study tour group returning, mayors across the country proclaiming their praise for cycle tracks, what’s the hold up on Boston approving separated bike lanes to make our streets safer for everyone? Comm Ave is one example where resistance is being met. The time is now to turn talk into action.

Tweet to @Marty_Walsh telling him you support more separated bike lanes in Boston to make our streets safer for everyone.

play

Bad drivers and Vision Zero Safety don’t mix

“The bad driving of Massachusetts residents is legendary. Now, Allstate Insurance Co, says it’s a fact,
reports the Boston Globe in the article,
“Mass. drivers among the worst, insurance company says.” Worcester has the worst drivers in the nation, followed by Boston, the second worse. Ouch.
What does this mean for us? Better street design leads to slower driving and increased safety for all road users. We have a vision for a future with zero traffic fatalities. Click here to lean more about our Safer Streets Campaign and Vision Zero policy ask.

Myths Debunked

_______________________________________________________________________________

Throughout 2014, we have been debunking common transportation myths. Last month, we highlighted the myth: Wider streets are safer. This month, we explore another popular myth.
mythMyth: Adding bicycle facilities increases congestion for people driving
Debunked: Well designed bicycle facilities can improve driving conditions while creating a safer environment for all road users.
Thoughtfully designed protected bicycle facilities in New York City show that you can provide bike improvements while also improving streets for people driving, walking and taking transit. A new study from NYC DOT shows that safety for all road users has increased, travel times have either stayed the same or improved, and there has been an increase in retail sales compared to streets and corridors without protected bike lanes.
Share your thoughts about this on Facebook and Twitter. #MythsDebunked

lasvegas

Living car-light: South Korea
Next stop in our living car-light series is South Korea! 

Living carlight experiment: one neighborhood, one month, no cars.

Would you volunteer to take your car off the street in your neighborhood for one month? One year ago, residents of one neighborhood in the City of Suwon in South Korea did. For one month, 4,343 residents participated and removed 1,500 cars for an experiment called ‘Eco Mobility World Festival.’ The festival website says:

 

“September 2013 has been an unprecedented experience for the residents of Suwon’s Haenggung- dong neighborhood. Through the EcoMobility World Festival, the ancient core of Suwon has learned through direct experience the challenges and the thrills of closing the doors of their community to cars for an entire month. Following the smashing success of Suwon’s month-long car-free diet, residents are now prompted with the questions: should they reunite with cars or should they embrace the ecomobile lifestyle for good? Which next city is bold enough to follow Suwon’s EcoMobility model?”

 

The one-month festival then led to more permanent changes, including:

  • No parking on Hwaseomun Street and Sinpung Street
  • Speed restricted to 30km per hour
  • Car-free weekends
  • Residents allowed to have their free parking rights in parking lots renewed permanently, with free rental of bikes
  • Further street improvements to be continued, download the festival report here

If there were no cars in your neighborhood, how would you use the street space instead? Share and discuss on FacebookTwitter, or by replying to this email. We’d love to hear from you! #BostonCarLight

publicmeetings

Public meetings & other opportunities  

Community Meeting on the South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan
Thursday, October 9, 6pm
@ Condon Elementary School (Auditorium, Level 1), 200 D St, Boston
Attend and speak up for improved public transit access,separated bike lanes on key roads and improved sidewalks throughout.
 
Public Meeting on car share in Cambridge
Thursday, October 9, 7pm
@ Pisani Center, 131 Washington St, Cambridge
 
LivableStreets Volunteer Friday

Friday, October 10, 10am-12pm
@ LivableStreets office, 100 Sidney St., Cambridge
Public Meeting on car share in Cambridge
Wednesday, October 22, 7pm
@ East End House, 105 Spring St, Cambridge
Winter Hill Design Charrette
Monday-Wednesday, October 27-29, 2014, 9am-9pm
@ 328 Broadway, Somerville
MIT Fall Lecture Series: A Street is a Terrible Thing to Waste
Monday, November 3, 5pm
@ MIT, 77 Mass Ave, Building #4, Room 163

submit Livable Streets Update to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: ,
Posted in advocacy | No Comments »

MassBike Update

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 27

From MassBike:

 

———–

Photo courtesy of Mass in Motion

Big news this week when the Healthy Transportation Compact (HTC) met in Boston. At the meeting, MassDOT announced an initial investment of up to $5 million for the critical Complete Streets Certification Program. The program provides competitive funds to cities and towns to create streets that are safe and welcoming for all users. Led by MPHA and MAPC, MassBike and other advocates succeeded in incorporating the program and its funding into the Transportation Bond Bill passed in April. But MassDOT still had to budget the money, and now they have – thank you MassDOT! 

The HTC was created by the 2009 transportation reform law and requires the Secretaries of Transportation, Health and Human Services, and Energy and Environment (and the agencies under their supervision) to work together to get more people walking and biking in Massachusetts. Last year, the HTC added the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, recognizing the link between land use decisions and healthy transportation options. 

MassBike’s Jimmy Pereira at the DSNI Playway

 

Imagine what it would be like to have a street dedicated to bicycling and walking. This street is not a shared bike lane. It is a neighborhood block with houses and open spaces for play and community engagement.

What you are picturing is a playway. Playways are temporary street closures in a residential neighborhood that get community members, especially kids, active. Playways utilize street spaces for people rather than cars. They can be done in many places, from dense urban areas to suburban and rural towns.

Although playways might sound like just another simple, fun event, they have a serious purpose. They create opportunities for activities and exercise, rally communities around open spaces, and connect neighborhoods. Playways allow children to be creative with play. Of course we especially love playways because they promote bicycling to all generations. In addition, by virtue of their simplicity, playways are sustainable in a way that other neighborhood events, such as carnivals, are not. 

Read the full article

 
What does it mean to be a MassBike member?

 It means you have joined us at any one of our membership levels to support our programs, such as our Bikeable Communities Program that works with local advocates to improve bicycling conditions in their cities, towns, and neighborhoods. It also means that you can bring your MassBike member card to many local businesses and bike shops throughout the state for a discount.

Join today to support this important work and get access to an exciting array of membership benefits statewide.

 

Organizers of the 9th Annual Boston Bike Film Festival have asked filmmakers with a cycling habit to submit their work to be shown October 24, 2014, at the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington. Film submissions are due September 1, 2014. The event is a fundraiser for state-wide and national cycling advocacy groups, including MassBike and Bikes Not Bombs. Film concepts from last year’s festival ranged from a young man attempting re-learn to ride, to an animated film about a cute bike that moves in next door, a couple of international documentaries, and everything in between. Among the benefits for acclaimed and amateur filmmakers, the Festival offers a chance to get their films in front of audiences who are intrigued and influential to the quality of cycling nationwide. So Come Pedal Your Film! And see the next generation of cycling films!

 Contact The Boston Bike Film Festival or visit them online.

A restful stop along the route.

On August 7-10 we rode the 8th Annual Mass BikePike Tour, and as usual it was a lot of fun. We started in Shirley, MA and went through many picturesque towns. Every day seemed to reveal landscape and scenery more beautiful than the last.

Each year we especially enjoy the feeling of community we get from spending time with so many dedicated cyclists during the tour. We see familiar faces along with fresh ones. We greet old friends and meet new bicycling enthusiasts and advocates.

Read the full article


submit MassBike Update to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: ,
Posted in advocacy | No Comments »

The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • THE PURPOSE OF TRANSIT: Neither Reform Nor Revenue are the Needed Starting Point May 22, 2015
      It’s now semi-official – everyone agrees that the MBTA needs both reform and revenue.  No one says (publicly) that the current T and Commuter Rail budget is too big for its mission.  And that’s where the agreement ends – with the question of what is the MBTA’s mission, vision, and values:  what exactly are we […]
      Steve Miller
    • Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester May 20, 2015
      Tweet A teenager on his bicycle was killed Tuesday after being hit by a car following a crash in Dorchester. Two cars crashed at the intersection of Talbot and New England Streets. A young man on a bike was struck … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester May 20, 2015
      Tweet My deepest sympathies go out to this persons friends and family. This is a horrific tragedy. ————————- A teenager on his bicycle was killed Tuesday after being hit by a car following a crash in Dorchester. Two cars crashed … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester May 20, 2015
      Tweet My deepest sympathies go out to this persons friends and family. This is a horrific tragedy. ————————- A teenager on his bicycle was killed Tuesday after being hit by a car following a crash in Dorchester. Two cars crashed … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester May 20, 2015
      Tweet My deepest sympathies go out to this persons friends and family. This is a horrific tragedy. ————————- A teenager on his bicycle was killed Tuesday after being hit by a car following a crash in Dorchester. Two cars crashed … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester May 20, 2015
      Tweet My deepest sympathies go out to this persons friends and family. This is a horrific tragedy. ————————- A teenager on his bicycle was killed Tuesday after being hit by a car following a crash in Dorchester. Two cars crashed … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Bike Jobs! May 15, 2015
      TweetHere are some bike jobs, so you can bike, while you job! ————— Prevention Services has entered into a healthy communities project with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) and the Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH), and are looking to … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • QUESTIONING COMPLETE STREETS: An Open Letter to the Cambridge City Council May 15, 2015
      Having a vision of the kind of city you want is an essential foundation for purposeful and effective governance.  Some cities do a coherent overall process, such as Somerville’s SomerVision or Boston’s forthcoming Imagine Boston 2030.  Cambridge has constructed its vision together piecemeal, through policies around a variety of quantitative and qualitative issues.  In either […]
      Steve Miller
    • 2015 Annual Rush Hour Race May 12, 2015
      Tweet Come on bicycles!  We have had one victory, and one almost victory, but we all know that the fastest way around town is by bike.  But sometimes its fun to prove it. After a year off the race is back … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • New Bike Kitchen Co-Op In Somerville May 11, 2015
      TweetThis sounds awesome!  A bike co-op where you can use the tools, and the collective information of the folks around you for a very reasonable price. About The Somerville Bike Kitchen (SBK) is a bicycle repair cooperative where members of … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker